Speaker: Professor Robbie Gilligan, Trinity College Dublin
Details: 92% of children in care in Ireland are placed in families, making Ireland a world leader in the use of family placement for children in care. This presentation will explore some of the key features of the Irish foster care system. It will also reflect on the Irish story of de-institutionalisation – how the care system moved from heavy reliance on residential care to one so dominated by foster care. This presentation and discussion will be of interest to those working in social work, aftercare, homeless services, as well as policy makers. The implications emerging from this paper will offer lessons to the homeless sector – a sector which is expanding rapidly in terms of the number of congregate facilities rather than undergoing a similar process of de-institutionalisation seen in foster care and other areas of social policy.
About the Speaker: Professor Robbie Gilligan is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests focus especially on children and young people in state care and care leavers. His recent publications include a paper in the journal Children and Youth Services Review on ‘The family foster care system in Ireland – Advances and challenges’. He also has a chapter entitled ‘Resilience, Transitions and Youth Leaving Care’ in a new book ‘Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood’ edited by Varda Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette.
Date: Wednesday 20th March
Time: 1pm – 2pm sharp
Venue: The Chapel, George’s Hill, Halston Street, Dublin 7.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. Please RSVP.